Create Now Returns To Europe

The CreateNow shows in the US have been awesome, and my pals Rufus and Michael will join me on the road once again as we present Creative Cloud and dozens of new features from your favorite Design, Web and Video applications.

For a complete list of US & European cities, CLICK HERE

If you’d like to register directly, here’s where we’ll be:

And following our show in Helsinki, we’ll be back in the US on 20 November for another Create Now in New York. Register now!

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There’s Still Time To Register For Create Now San Francisco

Hello again. I’m here at IBC in Amsterdam and my colleagues from AdobeTV recorded this impromptu video for me, inviting anyone in the bay area to come join us at the American Conservatory Theater on Thursday, September 19th for Adobe Create Now!

You’ve still got time. Come learn about all that’s new in Creative Cloud and get tips and tricks from my fellow colleagues Rufus Deuchler, Paul Trani and host of others in the heart of San Francisco.


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Create Now Tour Comes to the US & Canada!

After the incredible roll-out of our CC applications and the amazing response we had in Europe and Asia this summer, the Create Now Tour is now coming to cities across the US and Canada.

Learn about everything in the Adobe Creative Cloud, whether you’re focused on design, web, mobile, video, sound, digital publishing, photography or simply interested in learning about other parts of the Creative Cloud like Behance integration, DSP-SE and our sync and storage services.

Here’s a little teaser (created by my colleagues Paul and Andy) that’ll give you a visual glimppse of what you might expect to see…

Here’s a list of current cities that you can REGISTER for:

19 September San Francisco,CA | American Conservatory Theatre
26 September Boston, MA | The Charles Hotel
1 October Portland, OR | Portland Arts Museum
15 October Denver, CO | Denver Center for the Performing Arts
17 October Toronto, ON | MaRS Collaboration Centre
22 October Chicago, IL | Park West
29 October Los Angeles, CA | Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14
12 November Washington, D.C. | Fillmore Silver Spring
14 November Atlanta, GA | Woodruff Arts Center
4 December Seattle, WA | McCaw Hall

There are still dates tentatively scheduled in Las Vegas, Orlando and NYC, so stay tuned for more details.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about all that Creative Cloud has to offer and connect and chat with your fellow creatives.

Hope to see you there!

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Create Now Tour Comes To APAC

Back from the road not even two weeks, and hitting the road again!

Sorry these links are coming a bit late, but there’s still time to register! Hope to see you in Thailand, Singapore or India!

09-Jul Create Now Roadshow: Bangkok, Thailand (with Terry White & Paul Burnett)
11-Jul Create Now Roadshow: Singapore (with Terry White & Paul Burnett)
16-Jul Create Now Roadshow: Delhi, India (with Terry White & Paul Burnett)
17-Jul Create Now Roadshow: Chennai, India (with Terry White & Paul Burnett)
18-Jul Create Now Roadshow: Bangalore, India (with Terry White & Paul Burnett)

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My Current Collection of Adobe CC Videos

Hello from the road! Though I’ve already blogged about several of these videos, there’s been a recent request for “one place for ALL of my latest CC-related training content”.

As such, here’s the current collection of AdobeTV content that summarize a variety of Adobe CC applications and new features…

Enhanced Multitrack Editing in Adobe Audition CC

Frequency Band Splitter and Reversioning Stereo and Mono for 5.1

And a re-vamp of my popular DSLR series (new for Premiere Pro/Prelude/Audition CC)

DSLR Editing Workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Part 1: From the Camera Directly to Adobe Premiere Pro

DSLR Editing Workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Part 2: From the Camera to Adobe Prelude CC; Ingest & Rough Cut

DSLR Editing Workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Part 3: Multicamera DSLR Workflow with Automatic Audio Sync

Adobe Creative Cloud Overview for Video Pros

Adobe Premiere Pro as the Hub of Your Post-Production Workflow (NAB)

There’s also all the stuff I did at AdobeMAX, so you can find those (among several others from NAB) at the link below…
All of my AdobeTV videos in one long list.

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Breaking On Through To The Other Side: Ray Manzarek of The Doors (1939-2013)

You know you’re getting older when those that you’ve idolized for more than a 1/4 century (and more importantly, those that have made a huge impact/influence on you) start passing away…

Ray Manzarek in the 70s; Photo ©James Fortune

Ray Manzarek in the 70s; Photo ©James Fortune

I was in Johannesburg earlier this week on the Creative Days tour when I heard about Ray’s passing, and all I can say is…I hope he’s hanging with Jim Morrison right now, sharing a laugh, a smoke, and making some great music…and I’m quite sure he is.
Ray & Jim, circa 1968. Courtesy of Boing.

Ray & Jim, circa 1968. Courtesy of Boing.

To say that Ray was a *huge* influence on my musical development (and most directly, my piano/organ playing) is really an understatement. Considering that I’ve been playing for more than, ahem, 30 years, there are still several Doors songs that are not only in my daily rotation (as piano exercises, among other things) but even now, as I’m writing this blog, I’m simultaneously mastering a few recent live takes of my ‘Just Play Music’ series, in which I play a classic Doors number (and a Manzarek masterpiece, in terms of left hand/right hand counterpoint) entitled, You’re Lost Little Girl.

Download the Live Rough Mix of You’re Lost Little Girl (from Just Play Music, Season 1)
Download *another* (and totally different) live take from the ‘Just Play Music: Just Piano & Vocal – Tempo’ Episode (also unreleased)
(legal note: I have secured mechanical and streaming licenses to cover this song via The Doors Music/Wixen Music Publishing & Limelight; seeing as this is ‘unfinished’, not being ‘sold’ and not yet officially released, this current distribution is limited to 250 ‘streamed’ copies; should I exceed that, I will acquire new licensing with Limelight and adjust accordingly)

I was fortunate to have seen Ray twice in person, live on stage. Once, back in 1999 at Alice Cooper’stown in Phoenix with his own band; and then about 5 years later with the re-formed “Doors of the 21st Century” alongside fellow Doorsman Robby Krieger and former Cult singer, (and Jim Morrison doppelgänger) Ian Astbury. In both appearances, Ray’s playing (not surprisingly) was as fresh and articulate as it ever was. Masterful, really…with the perfect (and consistent) blend of blues-R&B-infused jazz and classical with a side of psychedelia. The man CREATED this style; my ‘left-handed piano bass’ chops are a direct result of listening (and mimicking) countless Doors songs when I was young; and my continued use of this style today has subsequently turned everything I’ve done into a semi ‘tribute to Ray’ in some small way. I’m not overstating either…it’s true.

Ray in NYC, 2004 with The Doors of the 21st Century. Photo ©Matthew Peyton

Ray in NYC, 2004 with The Doors of the 21st Century. Photo ©Matthew Peyton

If you ever heard Ray speak, his voice and his word choices were equally as unique as his playing style. While I’ve heard some some say that his vernacular was often ‘stuck in a kind of 60s idealism’, this was the man. Spiritual, hopeful, realistic, mystical, magical and chock-full of the wisdom of his years. To hear him tell a story (he even did a few spoken word CDs in the mid-90s, recounting tales of The Doors, Jim, and their lives) he was truly an orator–one whose vocal eloquence and diction not only captivated the listener, but kept one on the edge of his every word.
An original LP scan of mine from one of Ray's *other* projects: Nite City, 1977

An original LP scan of mine from one of Ray’s *other* projects: Nite City, 1977

In one of his final video appearances (for The Doors’ ‘Making Of LA Woman’ 40th Anniversary documentary) Ray quotes a line of Jim’s from Roadhouse Blues (found on ‘Morrison Hotel’, the previous album)…”The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.” Ray had apparently only told his current bandmates about his illness (a very rare form of bile duct cancer) several months ago before seeking special treatment in Germany, where he ultimately passed away. But the man was STILL playing, still gigging and still doing it all until the end; because after all, the future *is* uncertain and the end *was* always near. He had 74 glorious years before he met his end—but his words, his wisdom and his musical legacy live on, in me and in countless others.
Ray at SSMF, 2012. Photo ©Jim Donnelly.

Ray at SSMF, 2012. Photo ©Jim Donnelly.

Rest in Peace, Raymond Daniel Manzarek. Here’s to breaking-on-thru to the other side…

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More of My Adobe MAX 2013 Session Videos

As promised, here are the rest of my MAX classes (from the live on-site captures)…

Audio is Half The Picture: Getting the Best Mix with Adobe Audition:

Best Practices: Encoding for the Web & Tablets:

and the OUTLINE for this class as well.

How To Edit Just What You Want: Ingest and Rough Cut with Adobe Prelude CC:

Using Photoshop with Adobe Premiere Pro: Putting It All Together:

Still some more outlines coming. Stay tuned…

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Adobe After Effects and Maxon Cinema4D: Welcome to the Family

As many of you have heard and seen, we revealed the next version of After Effects at NAB2013 (and have officially been showing After Effects CC at AdobeMAX this week), and the ‘big’ news was that we now offer a true, live 3D Pipeline directly into Maxon Cinema4D. Build your models, bring them into After Effects, go back to C4D and make changes, and they update inside AE’s composition panel. No rendering, no re-importing or messing about, just working the way you’d (hoped) you could work…and we finally made it happen.

I was fortunate to not only meet a bunch of the guys from Maxon (and present alongside one of their finest, Mathias Omotola) but the more I’ve played with this feature (pre-NAB/MAX, and since then) I can honestly say that it sincerely makes 3D ‘accessible’ to the AE compositor who simply thought the 3D/2D worlds were too far apart; or in most cases, simply fearing that 3D was too difficult.

Me and Mathias on the last day of NAB2013

Me and Mathias on the last day of NAB2013

Nick Campbell (from Greyscalegorilla) and Dave Kiss (from the Maxon team) put together this great video highlighting the workflow, the capabilities, giving you a taste of ‘the buzz’ from the show floor (including clips from the my After Effects/Maxon presentation with Mathias.

NAB 2013 With Maxon, Adobe, And Greyscalegorilla from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

Not long after we finished our last demo of the day, we caught up with none other than Mr. ScruffyTV himself, Kanen Flowers. Though I’ve known of Kanen for years, we only officially met at the San Francisco Supermeet back in January. In one of those rare, “I met you five minutes ago and I feel like I’ve known you my whole life,” kinda moments, we re-connected at NAB, shared a few laughs, did a quick interview, and then snapped a few post-tradeshow pics in the spirit of fun and total exhaustion. :)

We were getting a little loopy by the end of the show...

We were getting a little loopy by the end of the show…

'Put Your Head On My Shoulder...'

‘Put Your Head On My Shoulder…’

At this point, we just couldn't stop laughing. Good times.

At this point, we just couldn’t stop laughing. Good times.

The weeks that followed were filled with lots of comments from attendees of the show to those who experienced my demos ‘live from the stage’ on AdobeTV; but the nicest thing about all of it? Everyone seemed genuinely excited about this new direction for AE and this much-needed partnership in the 3D modeling world.

At the end of each presentation, Mathias concluded with the line, “Welcome to the family.” Perfect words for a perfect (and long-awaited) coming-together of technologies.

Welcome to After Effects CC and Cinema 4D as they were meant to be: working together.

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What I’m Teaching at Adobe MAX – The Creativity Conference Next Week


I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you next week at Adobe MAX – The Creativity Conference in Los Angeles. The show kicks off Monday for me and my colleague Terry White with the Day 1 Keynote and sessions.

Here’s my schedule, Monday to Wednesday:

  • Monday, May 6th – 9:30am-11:30am – A Creative Evolution – Keynote (Register to Watch the Keynote Online Here)
  • Monday, May 6th – 2:00pm-3:00pm Best Practices: Encoding for the Web and Tablets (Rm 503)
  • Monday, May 6th – 5:00pm-6:00pm Audio Is Half the Picture: Getting the Best Mix with Adobe Audition (Rm 505)
  • Monday, May 6th – 7:00pm-8:00pm Meet The Team (Video/Team Adobe)
  • Tuesday, May 7th – 2:30pm-3:30pm DSLR Editing for Photographers and Designers (Rm 518)
  • Tuesday, May 7th – 4:00pm-5:00pm How to Edit Just What You Want: Ingest and Rough Cut with Adobe Prelude (Rm 511A)
  • Wednesday, May 8th – 11:00am-12:00pm Advanced Audio Techniques for Voice-over Recording (Rm 503)
  • Wednesday, May 8th – 5:00pm-6:00pm DSLR Editing for Photographers and Designers (Rm 505)

There’s still time to register for Adobe MAX 2013, and you can even save $300 by using this promo code: MXSM13

See you there!
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Day 3 NAB – The Buzz Continues!

Just a quickie following another packed day on the show floor. Hard to believe that it’s all over tomorrow, but in many ways…it’s just beginning (wink)!

This is pretty much what it's looked like the whole time. Uncropped pano from my Creative Cloud preso

This is pretty much what it’s looked like the whole time. Uncropped pano from my Creative Cloud preso.

As day 3 is typically ‘hump day’ and many begin to exit Vegas in droves, we were somewhat a-stereotypically slammed! And, as if the huge crowds weren’t enough…we even continued to have several noise complaints from neighboring booths (sorry guys…we didn’t mean to be loud). But hopefully some of the traffic that was blocking the aisles made their way to our friends along the perimeter.
Demoing a little Photoshop Touch with crowd participation from Day 2

Demoing a little Photoshop Touch with crowd participation from Day 2

Aside from the After Effects/C4D integration, Refine Edge Tool/Refine Soft Matte and naturally, *all* of the Premiere Pro editing enhancements (which have been met with spontaneous applause, nearly every time), the other big hit of the show has been SpeedGrade. The talk around SG has really grown over the last year…but with some of our new shot-matching capabilities and redesigned UI, along with the Lumetri Deep Color Engine and LUT capabilities being present in the ‘revealed’ version of Premiere Pro, I sense a lot of people moving to SpeedGrade not only as a solution for grading their materials, but for creating LUTs and color presets to use in and out of Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop. Case in point: as I walked by the RED booth today, I saw a demo being given to a packed house, showcasing Epic 5K footage being graded in SpeedGrade (showcasing several of the new features). Beyond cool, and what a slick confirmation that the word is out!
SpeedGrade Revealed, live in action at the RED booth

SpeedGrade Revealed, live in action at the RED booth

One day and four more presentations to go. What a week it’s been…

More Creative Cloud for Video Pros and Photoshop Touch on Day 3(w/my ever-present Neil Diamond Pose, layered into the image!)

More Creative Cloud for Video Pros and Photoshop Touch on Day 3 (w/my ever-present Neil Diamond Pose, layered into the image!)

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